zx VS fs-extra

Compare zx vs fs-extra and see what are their differences.


A tool for writing better scripts (by google)


Node.js: extra methods for the fs object like copy(), remove(), mkdirs() (by jprichardson)
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zx fs-extra
49 10
23,783 8,103
1.8% -
9.2 5.6
13 days ago 22 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
Apache License 2.0 MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of zx. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-28.
  • Do you ever use node without express (or an equivalent framework? ;
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/node | 28 Nov 2021
    For scripting you should have a look at: https://github.com/google/zx It's nodejs but with some nice syntax sugar for scripting.
  • Passing a dynamic value to package.json scripts
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Angular2 | 10 Nov 2021
    Umm, for any complex script configuration you can use https://github.com/google/zx other than that it depends on your environment and how are you supplying the value to the script
  • Scripting Languages of the Future
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 7 Nov 2021
    This talks a bunch about the "good run" of current scripting languages, including for example JavaScript.

    But JavaScript, as an actual scripting language, has been pretty primitive but finally starting to become a real candidate for actual scripting. There's imo crufty not very great options like shelljs[1]. But adding a tagged-template string for system(), for calling things, and a little bit of standard library has made JS a much more interesting & competent scripting language. Those efforts are being done in ZX[2].

    I like the idea of the topic, exploring it. But the author feels off in a number of places.

    > What TypeScript showed is that you could join together the idea of a flexible lightweight (and optional!) type system onto an existing programming language, and do so successfully. . . .The question then is - what if you created a programming language from the start to have this kind of support?

    Personally I just don't think languages matter very much. They're very similar, by & large. They have different tooling, packaging, somewhat different looks/feels for executing code, and their standard libraries are different. But TypeScript is popular & fast at least 90% because it is JS, because it works with JS things. Arguing that we should try to recreate TypeScript apart from JS sounds like a mind blowing waste of time. Also, Deno has good integrated TypeScript support.

    On the topic of easy parallelism, JavaScript promises are imo quite easy to stitch together & use & quite available.

    One of the main issues I see with easy-parallelism is that it's too easy: there's too many cases for uncontrolled parallelism. Throwing tarn.js or other worker-pools at problems seems all too common. But one is still left stitching together each pool/stage of work. I'd like to see SEDA[3] like architectures emerge, and perhaps get added to something like ZX standard library.

    [1] https://github.com/shelljs/shelljs

    [2] https://github.com/google/zx

    [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staged_event-driven_architectu...

  • Underwhelmed by Bash functions? Maybe you're using them wrong. I was.
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/programming | 31 Oct 2021
  • On multisynchronicity
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/javascript | 29 Oct 2021
    A fourth twist is to take off the functional hat and instead use an obscure corner of OOP: multiple inheritance. This isn't natively supported in JS, but some libraries use the technique in the wild (e.g. zx monkeypatches Promises with a facade over the ChildProcess interface). This differs from union types because it's two things simultaneously (rather than one OR the other), and it's up to the consumer to then await it or map over the functor if it needs to, or just access properties synchronously.
  • Automation ideas with Javascript:
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/learnjavascript | 28 Oct 2021
    I haven't tried it myself, but zx looks like a really simple way to get up and running.
  • Hacking Fish Script In Emacs
    10 projects | dev.to | 7 Oct 2021
    I think bash script is the most written script in the world, but the grammar is so old. These days, zx script which grammar like JavaScript had published by google. But we cannot use zx as a login shell, so I think we should not use it.
  • A single person answered 76k questions about SQL on StackOverflow. Averaging 22.8 answers per day, every day, for the past 8.6 years.
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/programming | 24 Sep 2021
    google made this to replace bash: https://github.com/google/zx
  • Introduction
    1 project | dev.to | 10 Sep 2021
    As a starting point, this week I explored trending projects on GitHub. I was amazed by the number of interesting projects out there, but one that especially caught my eye was google/zx, as it provides a way to write bash scripts with JavaScript
  • Wednesday Links - Edition 2021-09-01
    1 project | dev.to | 1 Sep 2021
    zx - bash in JS (1 min)🖥️ https://github.com/google/zx


Posts with mentions or reviews of fs-extra. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-29.
  • Implement cool features for my static site generator
    3 projects | dev.to | 29 Oct 2021
    Implementing those 3 features was quite simple. For metadata and markdown file, I mainly used an external library: showdown to convert from markdown files to html files as well as parsing metadata from markdown files. However, implementing the support for static assets such as images is a bit more interesting. I had to use another external library called fs-extra to copy assets folder from user to the dist folder. I also had to create another new class called CopyFolder where I used fs.copy method to copy assets folder
  • Writing JS-based Bash scripts with zx
    6 projects | dev.to | 12 Aug 2021
    The zx project implements a shell script executor similar to Bash but using JavaScript modules. It provides an inbuilt asynchronous JavaScript API to call other commands similar to Bash. Besides that, it provides wrapper functions for several Node.js-based command-line helpers such as chalk, minimist, fs-extra, OS, and Readline.
  • Why Storing Files in the Database Is Considered Bad Practice
    2 projects | dev.to | 22 Jun 2021
    Node.js has the built-in fs module (fs/promises with async/await) which makes it easy to interact with the file system. On top of that, there are a few convenient libraries such as fs-extra and findit that make common tasks straightforward.
  • Batch with Node.js
    1 project | dev.to | 27 Apr 2021
    For this purpose we'll use fs-extra since copy/paste seems like not supported by fs API.
  • How to Write File-Based Tests With Real Files
    8 projects | dev.to | 21 Apr 2021
    fs-extra to read files after running the scaffolding tool.
  • [AskJS] What is the one npm package that changed your life?
    9 projects | reddit.com/r/javascript | 25 Mar 2021
  • Generate RSS Feed with Node.js
    2 projects | dev.to | 17 Feb 2021
  • Linking local files and folders
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Notion | 1 Jan 2021
    Since Notion Desktop is basically an electron app I think there’s a way to tweak a little bit it and create a custom JavaScript function using fs-extra. Another idea is creating your own electron app. Btw I never tried to do that, so these are just some ideas. My suggestion is to not use Notion to work with file system since has not be built to do that :| I would rather use open source alternatives which don’t force the user to work in the cloud.
  • Using config files for multiple environment variables in Cypress
    1 project | dev.to | 14 Oct 2020
    Something I forgot: You may need to install the package fs-extra as a pre-requisite (npm i --save-dev fs-extra)
  • Automate Chrome extension publish using an automated script
    1 project | dev.to | 5 Oct 2020
    fs-extra - npm -> fs-extra will help us to read our zip file into the buffer

What are some alternatives?

When comparing zx and fs-extra you can also consider the following projects:

graceful-fs - fs with incremental backoff on EMFILE

rimraf - A `rm -rf` util for nodejs

fs-jetpack - Better file system API for Node.js

shelljs - :shell: Portable Unix shell commands for Node.js

chokidar - Minimal and efficient cross-platform file watching library

TypeScript - TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that compiles to clean JavaScript output.

deno - A modern runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript.

xonsh - :shell: Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell

mkdirp - Recursively mkdir, like `mkdir -p`, but in node.js

alias-tips - An oh-my-zsh plugin to help remembering those aliases you defined once

nx - Smart, Extensible Build Framework

globby - User-friendly glob matching